Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s new 101 Dalmations musical has been cancelled.
Originally due to run in 2020 the show was previously postponed until May 2021 due to the pandemic.
The venue has now announced that the production has been cancelled indefinitely as a result of ongoing lockdown restrictions.
They said: “Indications appear to be such that restrictions will almost certainly still be in place when rehearsals were due to begin in March and that any easing of social distancing during our performance period is likely to be measured.
“In this context, it has become clear that, both practically and financially, it will be impossible for us to produce this ambitious brand new musical with complex puppetry and large ensemble cast.”
Artistic director Timothy Sheader said the team “are exploring all options with our co-producers, writers, and creative team and very much hope to be able to announce new plans for the production in due course.”
The new musical adaption of Dodie Smith’s novel was to star Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth, London Road) in the iconic role of Cruella de Vil.
The new adaption features a book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge. The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Olié.
Further creatives include set and costume design from Katrina Lindsay, choreography from Liam Steel, music supervision and orchestrations from Sarah Travis, lighting from Howard Hudson and musical direction from Tarek Merchant.
For more information visit https://openairtheatre.com/.